Thornton, Colorado, USA
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Near record-setting warmth Tuesday in Thornton but winter weather returns Wednesday

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 5:00am MDT

Springtime in Colorado can bring with it wildly varying #weather over a short period of time and such will be the case over the next 48 hours. Today we will see unseasonably warm temperatures while a Winter Storm Watch has been issued for the storm set to arrive tomorrow.

For today, partly sunny skies will be above throughout the day. Those clouds won’t do much to inhibit the temperatures with highs expected to be close to the 80 degree mark. The record high in Denver for today’s date is 81 degrees (1977) and we could beat that.

Tonight, mostly cloudy skies will be above with lows in the mid-40s.

The coming storm will arrive late tomorrow morning. Early on we could see a high near 50 but then temperatures will be downhill for the balance of the day.

Light rain will be possible in the morning becoming heavier after noon. A transition to snow will then occur as temperatures drop in the afternoon, potentially leading to a messy PM commute.

Moderate snowfall may then be seen from the evening until midnight before tapering off. Total accumulations for us could be in the 3 to 5 inch range. Coupled with the snow will be strong winds creating blowing snow and making it miserable outside.

As usual, what sort of snowfall and impact we realize from the storm will greatly depend on track and timing. A shift in the track or a later or earlier transition to snow could make a big difference.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch that will be in effect from noon Wednesday to noon Thursday. Read the complete text of the watch here.


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